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Becoming Astrid

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Biopic about Pippi Longstocking creator has sex, nudity.

Movie NR 2018 123 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Must be reviewed under context.

I think Astrid is a great movie. You must take the movie in context. It is a Swedish movie which has a rating for 6-year-olds. Brief nudity is common in non USA movies. The nudity that is shown is for the purpose of storytelling. Astrid is a lovely girl who makes a mistake but, takes responsibility for her actions. I believe it is okay for 15-year-olds and up because our freshman/sophomore German class watched it and seem to have no issues.
age 18+

Poorly written and gratuitous child nudity

Young teen female nudity - unnecessary and gratuitous. The old man who has sex with the child is not shown nude. Only the child.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Getting kids excited about films with subtitles can be a challenge, but this one is worth the trip, as long as viewers understand who Astrid will eventually become and why she's significant. The film begins with an aged Lindgren reading letters from children about what her books mean to them; as Astrid's story then unfolds in a linear fashion, it returns to that device periodically. This lets viewers connect the events or feelings Lindgren experienced with situations and characters from her books. But if you don't know Pippi Longstocking, Emil, Ronia, Annika, etc., the relevance will be lost.

August is effective as a girl who doesn't see the point in following society's imaginary rules of conduct, but -- when she recklessly violates them -- still scrambles to do the least amount of damage. Viewers are told how repressive the environment was at the time, but it may be on the subtle side for teens, making it difficult to follow along in Astrid's shoes when it comes to the choices she makes about her baby. However, as a film about the impact of impetuous choices and the fact that you can rise above unfortunate circumstances, Becoming Astrid is as extraordinary as the author herself.

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